PHOENIX — Arizona Senate bills requiring federal agents to register with a
local sheriff and barring federal officials from making arrests without the
sheriff’s permission have essentially been killed over constitutional concerns.
The Senate Rules Committee voted 4-2 Monday to reject the bills after the
committee’s attorney said they likely ran afoul of the supremacy clause of the
Senate Bill 1093 by Republican Sen. Chester Crandell of Heber would require
federal agents to register with the local sheriff, show a warrant and hand over
any fines they collect.
Senate Bill 1290 by Sen. Judy Burges of Sun City West made the sheriff the
senior law enforcement officer in a county and allows that person to refuse to
give federal agents permission to makes arrests or searches.